Courtesy William Morrow
It’s been three years since Jessica Seinfeld‘s first cookbook, Deceptively Delicious, topped the bestseller list — and caused a little controversy along the way.
Now, the mom of three is out with a new book, Double Delicious: Good, Simple Food for Busy, Complicated Lives ($29), filled with easy-to-make, crowd-pleasing recipes that are low in fat and calories.
Seinfeld was inspired to write a second book after receiving an overwhelming amount of positive feedback on the first.
“My husband [Jerry Seinfeld] tells me these amazing stories of people who run up to him all the time and talk to him about my book,” she tells PEOPLE Moms & Babies.
“They say it’s changed how they eat at home. He gets, ‘Can you please thank your wife?’ and ‘Can you ask your wife for more recipes?'”
Touched by the response, she decided to go ahead with book number two. “I don’t have a five-year plan, I sort of do things as they come to me,” she says. “And it just seemed like the time was right to put this all together again.”
The cookbook contains recipes for family favorites like chicken and biscuits, creamy risotto, cinnamon buns, huevos rancheros and meatball subs, made with healthful, low-fat ingredients. Seinfeld says a lot of the ideas came to her in childhood, when her mom taught her the basics of building a family dinner.
“She was a hard-working force,” she shares. “She’d commute from where we lived and she’d get home late from work, so she’d leave me notes every day on how to make dinner. And over the years the notes got more complicated … and that’s how I learned to cook.”
Though her mom, a social worker, clocked long hours, she always made an effort to carve out mealtime for her family.
“I still don’t know how she did it, it’s such a challenge,” Seinfeld says. “But she sacrificed a lot to raise our family in a way that was wholesome. I greatly admire that.”
Seinfeld has kept that tradition going with her own family, which includes Sascha, 10, Julian Kai, 7½ and Shepherd Kellen, 5, producing home-cooked meals and making sure her kids catch up around the dinner table at night.
“Jerry’s away three days a week, so the four days that he is in town we make sure that he’s home with us, and that we all get together and talk about our days,” she says. “Sometimes it’s hard to get anything out of them, and others, it’s a landslide. But what matters is that we’re all sitting together, as a family, having fun.”
— Kate Hogan